“The Voice” has moved on to the knockout round of season 14, with the first episode airing on April 2. This is the final pre-taped stage of the competition that will cull the 32 remaining artists down to 20 for the live shows. The four coaches — Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton — no longer pick the songs that their artists perform in match-ups against each other. However, they do get to declare a winner of the sing-off and each can steal one of the rejects of the other three.
Below, take a read of our recap of each of the six knockouts from April 2 and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these match-ups by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Team Blake Shelton: Kyla Jade (“You Don’t Own Me”) vs. Jaclyn Lovey (“Put Your Records On”)
Jade went with “You Don’t Own Me,” a 1963 No. 1 for Lesley Gore. It worked well for her, especially after Shelton counseled her to concentrate on conveying the lyrics rather than showboating. Lovey opted for Corinne Bailey Rae‘s 2006 breakout hit “Put Your Records On.” After Shelton finally chose to go with Jade, no other coach threw Lovey a lifeline and she leaves the competition.
Team Kelly Clarkson: Justin Kilgore (“Shameless”) vs. Kaleb Lee (“Free”)
Kilgore liked the sound of “Shameless,” Billy Joel‘s 1989 tune which had been a big hit for Garth Brooks. Clarkson counselled Kilgore to find the sweet spots in the song that could show off his voice. Lee took on “Free,” a 2008 hit for the Zac Brown Band. After Kilgore won over Clarkson, no coach rescued Lee who left.
Team Adam Levine: Mia Boostrom (“Wade in the Water”) vs. Jackie Foster (“Bring Me to Life”)
Boostrom went with “Wade in the Water,” a moving spiritual and delivered a compelling performance of this timeless classic. Surprisingly, Foster chose the Evanescence rock song “Bring Me to Life” but won over all the coaches. After Levine named Boostrom as the winner of this knockout, Foster went with Keys.
Team Blake Shelton: Spensha Baker (“Broken Halos”) vs. Austin Giorgio (“Almost Like Being in Love”)
Baker connected with the crowd with his rendition of Chris Stapleton‘s Grammy-winning “Broken Halos.” With the guidance of his coach, he gave the 2017 country tune an edge. Giorgio did well with “Almost Like Being in Love,” from the 1947 Broadway musical “Brigadoon.” With Shelton unable to choose between the two, both move on to the live playoff.
Team Alicia Keys: Miya Bass (“Castle on the Hill”) vs. Johnny Bliss (“Alive”)
Bass had a good time with the 2017 Ed Sheeran song “Castle on the Hill” while Bliss blew the roof off with “Alive,” as 2016 hit for Sia and won this knockout.
Team Adam Levine: Drew Cole (“Slow Hands”) vs. Jackie Verna (“American Honey”)
Cole tackled “Slow Hands,” the first solo hit for Niall Horan of One Direction. Verna took on “American Honey,” a 2010 number one for Lady Antebellum. and was a revelation. Levine struggled with his decision before choosing Verna. After Levine and Shelton made their case to Cole, he opted to remain part of Team Adam Levine.